HEINO SCHUBERT: Magnificat, Tryptichon über den Vill.Ton. REUBKE: 94th Psalm. BAUERSACHS: Die Bergpredigt, Op. 36. HESSENBERG: Fantatia über Sonne der Gerechtigkeit, Op. 66. LEONARDY: Improvisation über Nun jauchzt dem Herren, alle Welt
Bernhard Leonardy , organist
AUDITE SACD 92.564 TT: 70:16

BRAHMS: Sonata in F minor, Op. 120 No. 1. Sonata in E flat, Op. 120 No. 2. Trio in A minor, Op. 114.
Arthur Campbell, clarinet; Frances Renzi, piano; Jean-Pascal Meyer, piano; Daniel Raciot, cello
AUDITE SACD 92.554 TT: 69:39

RACHMANINOFF: Symphony No. 2 in E minor, Op. 27. Scherzo. Dances from Aleko.
Cincinnati Symphony Orch/Paavo Järvi, cond.
TELARC SACD 60670 TT: 70:02

The two Audite SACDS are welcome additions to the catalog. The organ disk features Bernhard Leonardy performing on the large Klais/Mayer Organ of the Basilica St. Johann in Saarbrücken. The title comes from the organist's virtuoso improvisation on "Ride Up, O Judge of the Earth," but also features works by Heino Schubert, Bauersachs, Hessenberg and one of the most famous works for organ, Reubke's 94th Psalm. CD notes include comments by sound engineer Thomas Becher who states the listener in surround sound is facing the Great Organ and console, with explanation of various directional effects and where they can be found on the disk. Additional commentary is available at this WEBSITE Sonic quality is big-scale and natural throughout.

The Brahms chamber works featuring clarinet are magnificently played by Canadian-born Arthur Campbell assisted by pianist Frances Renzi and cellist Daniel Raciot in the Trio, and pianist Jean-Pascal Meyer in the two sonatas. All recordings were made November 7-10, 2005 in Siemens Villa in Berlin, produced by Ludger Böckenhoff, who with his staff produced a totally natural, encompassing sonic atmosphere. A beautiful recording!

Paavo Järvi's Cincinnati Symphony recording of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No. 2 cannot match the superb Budapest Festival/Iván Fischer version on Channel Classics, either interpretively or sonically (see REVIEW). Telarc's sound is ultra-clear, almost microscopic in detail. Järvi's reading brings uncovers some orchestral detail not usually heard, but lacks the overall big-scale sound necessary for Rachmaninoff's score. This symphony should have a grand luxurious sound; it doesn't here.

R.E.B. (March 2007)